Just my opinion, but I think he is lying through his teeth. I believe after he made some very cryptic comments about relapsing, that they needed a nice clean reason to feed the media and this was it.
“Professionally, it’s been plate discipline. Personally, it’s been being obedient to the Lord in quitting chewing tobacco,” Hamilton said in the statement. “I was hesitant to address the tobacco once again, because it’s an area that I’ve struggled with trying to quit in the past. I wanted to have some time of success under my belt before addressing again publicly, but felt I haven’t been given that option with all of the speculating out there as to what the ‘mystery issue’ was.”
Chewing tobacco is a nasty habit, but not one that causes your swing to fail or something I believe God is overly concerned about. It is like saying drinking soda is causing you to be in a slump. Hamilton was playing perfectly fine at the beginning of the season while chewing tobacco.
Beyond his marriage falling apart, I think the Rangers know the real reason and hopefully they are helping Hamilton. Don’t be surprise when the truth comes out and it has nothing to do with Tobacco.